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Builder’s signature of Menophilos of Dokimeion

Type of monument:
Uncertain; possibly building inscription.
Yassıviran (Yassıören), Apollonia: not recorded.
Limestone block, broken at left; defaced moulding above.
Not recorded by MB; MAMA IV gives Ht. 0.37; W. 0.99; Th. 0.50; letters 0.020-0.025.
MB notebook copy; photograph (1956/103).
Sterrett 1888b: 397, no. 578; MAMA IV 238 (no facsimile).
Roman imperial period.

Μηνόφιλος Δοκιμεὺς
Line 2: ἡ πατρὶς α[- - - -] Sterrett, MAMA.
Menophilos of Dokimeion finished (it).

Ballance did not record the measurements or location of this stone in his field notebook. From his photograph, it is clear that the second line is complete, and was miscopied by Sterrett and the editors of MAMA IV. The verb ἀπαρτίζειν (‘finish off, make good’) is regularly used of the final stages of construction works of all kinds, including monumental building works such as aqueducts (TAM III 16: Termessos), temples (SEG 19, 832: Komama; SEG 49, 1871: nr. Termessos), a theatre petasos (I.Ephesos 2040), a library (I.Ephesos 5101-2), relief sculptures (SEG 47, 1800: cave sanctuary nr. Oinoanda) and tombs (MAMA XI 143 [1955/46: Koçhisar]; SEG 45, 1698: nr. Ankyra). The mason has placed the augment in the wrong place; we would expect ἀπήρτισα. For a comparable instance, see MAMA I 179 (Laodikeia Katakekaumene), ἠνέστησα, with double augment (cited by Brixhe 1987: 88).

Signatures of Dokimeian stone-masons are frequently found on tombstones and statue-bases across central and southern Asia Minor: examples are collected by Robert, OMS VII 107-9; Robert 1980: 227. For itinerant Dokimeian sculptors, see further Hall and Waelkens 1982; cf. MAMA XI 188 (1955/9: Synnada); 340 (1956/163: Koçaş); 358 (1954/54: Kana); perhaps 255 (1957/112: Laodikeia).


MAMA XI 7 (Apollonia 7: 1956-103)

MAMA XI 7 (Apollonia 7: 1956-103)